In the news: UH partners with DOH to increase the number of Community Health Workers trained each year.

Our next introductory course will be offered in fall of 2020! Please contact us to learn more. You can also download our fall flyer here.

Mahalo to the practitioners, community leaders, and students who made our Community Health Worker training videos possible!


Are you:

The person in your family who helps others access care and services?

Someone who cares about the health of your community and the people in it?

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a trusted member of the community, and a valuable member of a healthcare or social services team. Also known as outreach workers or navigators, CHWs provide education and care coordination. They serve as a bridge, helping to improve access to services and ensure services are culturally appropriate. CHWs help others take action to improve their health and the health of their communities.

Go at your own pace

You can complete a Community Health Worker Certificate of Competence in as few as two semesters, or take individual courses when you have the time. The certificate includes five courses (15 credits), with the three core courses offered every year, and the two specialization courses offered every other year. 

Nationally and locally recognized core competencies

All courses, including a hands-on internship, are designed to prepare you to work in community health and social service settings. You’ll gain the core skills needed to connect with people and promote healthy communities.

Registration is OPEN for Fall 2020!

Fall courses:

  • HSER 101: Community Health Worker Fundamentals (Thursdays at 5pm – via Zoom)
  • HSER 140: Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing (Mondays at 5pm – via Zoom)
  • HSER 194: Seminar & Fieldwork I (Lunchtime Zoom seminars on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Additional online activities at your own pace.  Prerequisite: HSER 140)
Are you interested in hosting a student intern?

CHW students need to face real-world challenges and interact with diverse populations. These experiences are critical to each student’s education.  Internship students join your organization for 200 hours over one semester, and require a minimum of one hour of supervision per week.

Are you interested in supporting the CHW program?

Please contact us for information on the following opportunities:

  • Share information about your organization as a guest speaker or panelist
  • Host an internship student
  • Sponsor students through scholarships or tuition reimbursement